The work I do varies greatly depending on the design that I am working on. Not a lot of typical days but whether I am working painting, carving or texturing. I am always welcoming the next creative challenge.
Exhibits Technician - Houston Zoo, Heart of the Zoo
Currently, I am a in-house scenic artist at Houston Zoo
working along side animals and keepers. The in house experience has deepened my understanding of animal exhibit spaces. Getting to experience the daily pressures on them has led to some innovations and new materials as well as teaching me to be adaptable and change ways in order to solve problems and meet deadlines. I love rehabilitating old spaces as well as developing new ones.
Work list of exhibits design and build in-house at Woodland park Zoo
-Willa wong station
-Meerkats and play area and murals
-Gila monster and river toad
-stellar sea eagle
-flamingo play area
-sloth and tamadua
-Egyptian tortoise and tortoise.02
-python and cobra exhibits
-gorilla and orangutans rigging and artificial tree work
-patas monkey-rock and mud bank
-tree kangaroo-artificial rock and trees
-zoomasium-kids play area and artificial tree and vines
-many other modifications to all exhibits at WPZ
Design concrete mixes
Development of new vine technology style and rigging for large primates
Adaption of green alternative building practices
Latest use and knowledge of safe materials for animal habitats
Assisting animal necropsy
Volunteer fish and wildlife
Art donations to rhinos and snow leopard trust
Star bright scholarship volunteer rigging for chimp sanctuary
Development of new perching patterns for positive animal enrichment
Curated show to benefit azak at art not terminal gallery
Illustration - Ability to communicate ideas and designs through sketches, finished digital and hand drawn renderings.
Sculptor - Larger than life or miniature, Theming and natural textures, foam carving.
Scenic painting - Mural paint and repair, create special portraits, posters,TrumpLoeil, Decorative finishes, color discretion and color matching , HVLP spray systems, UV paints, faux bois, works in oils, two part urethane and epoxy paints, acrylics, cartooning, perspective drawing, airbrush and fresco.
Concept Artist-ability to take abstract ideas to tangible images and models
Ornamental plaster -architectural theming ,building facades, stone and industrial ,nature inspired
Concrete - Forming, slab and flatwork and themed pathways, ponds ,waterfalls, stream beads, playgrounds, patch and repair, casting, specialty design mixes, green sealers, integrated colors and acid stains.
Fiberglass - lamination, forming, chop gun, patch and repair, casting, gel coats and waterproofing.
Model Building-for perspective or scale larger to work from or photo shoot -oculus medium, zbrush procreate,AutoCAD
Casting and Mold making - props and reproductions, latest knowledge of materials and techniques.
Specialist Researcher-finding visual and or historical reference ,sourcing materials ,intricate detailing
Material knowhow-epoxies, urethanes,polyesters,silicones,spray foam, concrete, plaster, prep of all painted surfaces ,green alternative sealers.
Operator - lifts boom and scissor, forklift, teletruck, bobcat, small excavators.
Sewing - machine stitching, decorative lacing, leather and hide work.
Armature construction - Ability to read blue prints and models build to scale, use and knowledge of heavy construction tools.
Osha training - job site management
I have worked on exhibits and related work at these places
National Aquarium Baltimore
many other private and residential works
LEED Green Associate 2018
Animal welfare training
Fall arrest training-Oct 2017 Seattle WA WPZ
Carousel Restoration-with Bete Largent -Spokane WA 2017
Alex Grey painting intensive
NY Aug 2017
Dru Blair airbrush academy-NC 2016
Lawrence school of art-painting in the renaissance tradition-Seattle WA.2007
Illia fresco school- fresco and mural repair-LA.2002
Daniel Miller studios -prop making and scenic painting. Austin TX 1982-1988